Summer’s here and that means tourist season, big-time. In turn, that means many more bicyclists are on our roads, because cycling is one of the most popular activities here, along with sight-seeing, enjoying local cuisine, and canoeing on the Dordogne River. With that in mind, I thought I’d offer some guidance for visitors who are interested in cycling.
First, however, let me explain why this is such a great area to put on your brain bucket (cycling helmet) and get on the road. Here’s some of what I wrote a few years ago:
What’s with biking in the GDA? The simple answer is that the GDA (parts of which go under the name of Périgord Noir) is a wonderful place for biking, whether you’re an occasional recreational rider or a serious cyclist. Roads are good, scenery is lovely, traffic is relatively light, and there’s a great variety of routes; you can choose from flat trips to rolling hills to steep climbs. Renting bikes is easy … and you can plan your ride so that you wind up somewhere nice for a coffee, a drink, or a lunch. (Caution: Exposure to the GDA can be a life-changing experience. Our bike trip to the Dordogne and Lot départements in 1998 is the reason that my wife Jan and I wound up moving to Daglan.)
Nine years ago (good grief — I’ve been writing this blog for a long time!), I wrote a series of four articles on bicycle trips you could take, with Daglan as a starting point. The articles are easy to read, not particularly technical, and full of photos. To find these posts, you just need to go to the Search box at the top of this blog, enter a few key words, and press Search; you will be taken directly to the post you want. So, here are the articles, with the original dates of posting:
To Belvès by stages: Bike Route No. 1. Posted on June 13, 2013. To find it, just enter the words Route No. 1 in the Search box.
Over the hill to Chez Lilette: Bike Route No. 2. (The destination is in Prats-du-Périgord.) Posted on August 1, 2013. Search Route No. 2.
A short, sweet ride to a book-binder: Bike Route No. 3. Posted on August 8, 2013. Search Route No. 3.
Actually, you don’t even need to cycle any of these routes. If you’re driving a car, each of them can make for a pleasant trip. Happy sight-seeing!